There’s a certain joy that comes when you find a kindred spirit. I was a news junkie (now being forcibly “cured” by the resent turn to the Hard Left Fake News in the Yellow Stream Media). I used to read 4 news papers (delivered to my home) and watched at least as many different news programs, daily.
One by one the “newspapers” left. Then the network news. Eventually I was down to mostly Foreign News, Reuters, and occasionally Fox. Then Fox left the mix (party from my “cord cutting” and them being only paid cable then). Now even Reuters has become partisan hacks, and sites like France24 (who have a show which features a Buzzfeed commentator on the panel) and even Sky (UK) have reached the point of being provably nothing but spigots for the Promoted Framing Du Jour.
Why is pretty simple. I started doing a bit of fact checking. I started watching “you are there” video from the events being covered. The more I looked at things myself, the more the “news” was clearly illuminated as spin, lies, propaganda, and garbage. The bought and paid for media whores of the Rich and Powerful. (Bezos buying one for his personal use was something of a tipping point… but it was A/B comparisons of folks like CNN & MSNBC vs anyone else and / or “facts on the ground” that was the machine gun of nails in the coffin…)
So now I START my news day with completely independent sources. Tim Pool is one of them, as are several others. Some are nearly random, like ‘just folks’ in Venezuela filming their experiences on the street or at the border.
I still, maybe one every 3rd day, will visit a traditional source. I try to tell myself it is “opposition research”, but it isn’t. It is the vain hope that this time will be different. It never is. So I mostly scroll down a list of stories, see the headline, know what the spin will be (Orange Man Bad! or Orange Man REALLY Bad!! or Orange Man Really REALLY BAD!!!!) and just skip the story. What’s the point of reading Yet Another Emotional GUSH about wanting to ban guns? I know their position, I know they are wrong, I know they will not change. So I move on…
The good news is I can get through a quick “news scan” in just a couple of minutes now instead of the couple of hours from before…
So Tim Pool, somewhat like me, is a “slightly left” soul. I have a few more conservative positions than he does, but we share some fairly left ones as well. His (self chosen) job is to scan the news, get the facts, and present the story honestly. To do this he must real a lot of traditional media. He’s a news junkie like I was…
He’s also hit the wall on wading through the sewer of crap that is the present state of the art of what was called “Main Stream Media” and now has accumulated names like “Lame Stream Media” and “Yellow Stream Media”…
Well, Tim, welcome to the club.
It’s a very big club, judging by the 10’s of Thousands of journalists being laid off each year, and the incredibly shrinking circulations. CNN recently ranking below a cooking show and a “how to fix a house” show. NYT and CNN both fighting to get into the “under a Million” Club, and succeeding in their income diet.
There’s about 300 Million in North America alone who ought to be their audience, but they also have international presence. So we’re talking about 1/300 of the people who are willing to take their crap. AND shrinking. Fast.
So even the “Digital-Only not much money involved” is about 1/2 the size of the San Francisco Bay Area. Actual paper subscribers about 570k. There are music videos with 1 to 5 BILLION viewers…
Here’s the bitchute link for the video:
WordPress will only let me post video links as live video embeds from YouTube (unless I pay extra), so I will, but you are encouraged to use the Bitchute link if possible.
After drowning in the “sea of lies about Trump”, he just couldn’t take it anymore and does a very nice rant at the horrible state of Left Wing Journalism (that is about 99% of all “journalism”).
It does a very nice job of illustrating how folks see the “media” pack of lies for what it is, how critical reading skills make it obvious, and illustrates just how frustrating it is for a News Hound to see that constant stream of yellow journalism.
It isn’t a Right Wing thing to see them as liars and propagandists. It isn’t a Left Wing thing. It is a “my brain works” thing.
And that, my friends, is why “journalism” is running down the urinal, why they are laying off staff in the 10s of Thousands. Because if I want people to lie to me I can get that for free… and a better quality of lies too.